How can I make something special out of my mom's 3 football t-shirts?

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My mom was donating some old clothes. I went through them & took out her favorite Clemson Tigers football t-shirts. I know she loved them as she is a Clemson fanatic but they no longer fit her. Is there something special I could make with just 3 t-shirts? A blanket was already made for her out of my dad's shirts after he passed so I'd rather not do that again. Is there anything else?

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  • Pillow covers or a scarf.

  • Tinyshoes Tinyshoes on Nov 15, 2019

    Karina....I vote pillows too...would be wonderful to surprise her with them for Christmas. Good luck

  • DesertRose DesertRose on Nov 15, 2019

    We saved our sons T shirts by sewing shut the sleeves and neck, stuffing it shirt with quilting batting, and then sewing the bottom shut. They make great throw pillows for beds, especially for those who knew the owners and had an emotional attachment.

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    • DesertRose DesertRose on Dec 19, 2019

      I lost a fur baby Pomeranian 4 yrs ago and sometimes I still tear up, I miss her every day. Your hurt is combined with guilt and that is so so hard. I understand that. It is not your fault, coyotes are not afraid to intrude in cities and towns when they learn about pets and pet food. We have had a coyote inside our fence 2 times this winter, so we always go out with the dogs now. That coyote sails over the fence like it is not even there. They watch and know and are opportunists. I am so sorry about your kitty. The older I get the more attached I get to our fur babies. Karina, thanks again for asking. I hope you can get a new kitty and can possibly keep it inside, if you can. Have a blessed Christmas.

  • Beth Beth on Nov 15, 2019

    Here are some ideas: http://maximalisttominimalist.com/t-shirt-ideas-repurpose/


    You could do a bag or possibly a pillow.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Nov 15, 2019

    Make them into throw pillows.

  • Cindy Cindy on Nov 16, 2019

    My son passed away last year. His mother-in-law made pillows out of some of his T shirts. She cut off the neck and sleeves, and sewed them closed. She put a pillow inside and sewed the hem closed. I treasure these pillows. Because it feels like I can hold a pillow close and feel a little part of him.

    • Karina Karina on Dec 14, 2019

      Cindy I am so very sorry to hear about your son. That just breaks my heart. My mother is also familiar with that pain in addition to losing my dad. We lost my brother 2 days after his 19th birthday in a car accident. I know how that broke me so I cannot imagine the pain felt as a mother. Now that I have kids of my own & even a granddaughter, I just cannot fathom how my mother pulled herself together enough to be there for my sisters & I the way she was & always has been. While I do not envy my mother or you, I cannot help but have the utmost & deepest respect for your strength even on your weakest days. I am so very sorry & appreciate you sharing something so personal with me for my own creative assistance. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!

  • Karina Karina on Dec 14, 2019

    Thank you all for the input!! I sincerely appreciate every one of you that have taken the time to help me out with this. I can't say that I have done anything yet but I promise to post pics as soon as I do. I don't have too much time left! Yikes!! Thanks again & Merry Christmas to all of you & your families!!

  • Dana Mason Dana Mason on Dec 14, 2019

    I am currently in the process of making 5 teddy bears and 1 stuffed bunny for a friend out of her parent's clothes. Her father passed away in 2013 and her mom currently has dementia and is in a rest home and this will be her farewell Christmas. So the stuffed animals will be a present for her Grandchildren.

    In the past, I have made blankets, tote bags, stuffed animals, a car seat cover, Christmas Ornaments, Pillow cases, pillows, wall hangings, and even baby clothes out of people's loved one's clothing.

    I am a firm believer that tactile items are wonderful for loved ones to have, so anything you come up with will be wonderful.


    A last idea would be to frame the cutouts of the fabric as a collage with a photo.


    • Karina Karina on Dec 19, 2019

      Thank you Dana!!! Wow!! You have some really great ideas & seem to have a great deal of talent!! Do you ever get paid to do anything like that?

      I have decided to wait to do anything with the shirts because I am not all that creatively talented & I didn't want to be hasty & ruin something that I cannot replace. I get no second chance in this case & I'm pretty much guaranteed to need a second chance in these types of projects - lol.

      If you would be willing to take payment for your work, I'd love to give you a shot at it instead of me. The odds are in your favor for sure!


      Thank you for your input and no hard feelings if you prefer not to take this on. I understand completely! Merry Christmas!

  • Dana Mason Dana Mason on Dec 20, 2019

    Hi Karina,

    I would love to help you make something with your Mom's shirts. Saving memories and helping make one of a kind treasures is my biggest thrill.


    What exactly do you have in mind? A stuffed animal?.... or something else. (if some of the fabric is striped, I may could make a stuffed Tiger)


    Most of the stuffed animals I have created recently I have sold between $20 and $50 depending on the size and detail put into them.

    If you are thinking more of a tote/purse/pillow/pillow cases, they are easier to make, so that would be $15 to $20.


    If you can send me a photo of the t-shirts to MEL2EBOB@GMAIL.COM I can help give you some ideas and discuss further.



    • Karina Karina on Jan 07, 2020

      Thank you Dana! Will do! Recovering from pneumonia at the moment so maybe tomorrow I can get an email to you! Happy New Year!